Highlights From The Online Knitting Reference Library 1849 to 2012

Knitters can enjoy the University of Southhampton’s online Knitting Reference Library, featuring patterns, journals, ‘stitchionaries’, magazines and books from 1849 to the present day. The designs are workable and relevant. Doubtless hipsters and their action men dolls will soon be sporting woollen helmets in the fashion of 19th Century fishermen and other heavenly DIY fashions. And cop a load of those distracted male knitwear models, all pointy elbows and props (guns, cars, children and neckerchiefs). Knitted items can be sexy, that much we know. But they also be, well, funny.

 

Balaclava, scarf and half mitts 1970s

Balaclava, scarf and half mitts 1970s

Balaclava, scarf and half mitts 1970s

Balaclava, scarf and half mitts 1970s

Pullman sweater - 4 sizes by Sirdar

Pullman sweater – 4 sizes by Sirdar

Gent's cable-stitch pullover - in Sandison's Shetland Wool Hap 2-ply by Sandison 1930s

Gent’s cable-stitch pullover – in Sandison’s Shetland Wool Hap 2-ply by Sandison 1930s

Questions answered about knitting by Bloom, Ursula Published 1946

Questions answered about knitting by Bloom, Ursula Published 1946

vintage fishing knitting

Helping the trawlers (date unknown)

The stocking-knitter's manual - a handy book for the work-table by Cupples, Mrs Geo Published 1870

The stocking-knitter’s manual – a handy book for the work-table by Cupples, Mrs Geo Published 1870

Man's Aran sweater (3 sizes) - with alternative lengths by Sirdar 1960s

Man’s Aran sweater (3 sizes) – with alternative lengths by Sirdar 1960s

1980s knitting patterns

Ffizzknits, the fastest thing on two needles – five to knit – short sleeve sweater, T shirt, simple vest, bolero and scarf, sweater [in] Leisure Time Chunky, Gemini Brushed Chunky, Country Style Chunky, Sirdar Nomad Chunky by Sirdar 1980s.jpg

vintage knitting sewing

Aran look Cardigan – [in] Double Knitting Wool, Double Crepe Wool, Arctic Moss, Courtelle Crepe, 38:44 inch by Sirdar 1970

Starsky-Hutch style jacket - [in] Sirdar Sportswool, Sirdar Sherpa, 32-46 inch by Sirdar 1970s

Starsky-Hutch style jacket – [in] Sirdar Sportswool, Sirdar Sherpa, 32-46 inch by Sirdar 1970s

vintage knitting

Raglan Aran [Cardigan] – [in] Pullman Wool, to fit 38-40-42-44 ins by Sirdar 1970s

vintage knitting books pamphlets

The book of hows or what may be done with wools in every home – learning to knit by Loch, Miss Published 1900

Mother's knitter - containing some patterns of things for little children by Corbould, Elvina M 1882

Mother’s knitter – containing some patterns of things for little children by Corbould, Elvina M 1882

The royal Victoria Knitting book 1870s

The royal Victoria Knitting book 1870s

retro knitting

Ladies work for sailors Published 1800s

vintage knitting sewing patterns

Sweater – [in] Nocturne, gold seal luxury mohair, 34-44 inch by Sirdar Published 1980s

Prairie prancers, men's 4 ply cardigan sizes 38-40-42-44 - graph-style knitting pattern [for] Northland Wool by Mary Maxim Published 1957

Prairie prancers, men’s 4 ply cardigan sizes 38-40-42-44 – graph-style knitting pattern [for] Northland Wool by Mary Maxim Published 1957

Man's sweater - 4 sizes, with alternative neckline by Sirdar Published 1960s

Man’s sweater – 4 sizes, with alternative neckline by Sirdar Published 1960s

 

 

 

 

Vintage knitting patterns

Raglan sweater – [in] Sirdar Candytwist, original shade no’s. 601 Sultana 622 Capri, 38:44 inch by Sirdar Published 1970

 

Vintage knitting patterns

Raglan sweater – 4 sizes by Sirdar Published 1967